Early Years – Donaldson Class
In Donaldson Class our teacher is called Mrs Graves, our Nursery Nurse is called Miss McGrath, and we are also helped out by Mrs Oliver and Mrs Pepechkova.
Our Topic for this half term is "toys and games".
We will start by finding out about the toys that children have been given over Christmas, and will be writing letters of thanks to Father Christmas, or to our parents.
We will also be reading the story "Squirrel's New Year's Resolution" and will be thinking about making our own resolution for the year ahead.
We will then be thinking about toys from the past, and will be welcoming a very special visitor into school from Hertford Museum - she will be bringing in lots of old toys for us to play with and explore. We will be asking our mums and dads, and our nans and grandads, to bring in toys that they played with at home, so that we can think about what they are made from and how they work.
We will then move on to thinking about Toy Story - about friendship and what makes a good friend. We will have a Toy Story dress up day, where we will pretend to go to Pizza Planet and make our own yummy pizzas.
Finally, we will be thinking about modern toys, and will be asking children to bring in remote controlled and electronic toys so that we can think about how they work.
Our role play area will be turning into a toy shop, where the children will be able to write shopping lists, go shopping, pay for their toys and pretend to be a shop keeper.
By now you should have received your Curriculum Overview leaflet which outlines the activities that we will be completing this half term. If you have mislaid your copy of this, please speak to a member of the Early Years team.
Your celebrations and festivals...
If you will be taking part in any celebrations or festivals, please let us know, as we would very much like to celebrate these with you. If you would like to come in and talk to the class about your celebration, we would very much welcome you to do so!
Homework and Reading
Firm Foundation packs will be sent home each Friday to be returned to school no later than Wednesday. There is a labelled box for these to be collected into just inside the classroom door. If you have not signed up to receive these packs and would like to, please speak to Mrs Graves or Miss McGrath.
Reading books and phonic packs are changed every Friday, when your child will receive two books to last them for the week. Please ensure that reading books, diaries and phonic packs are kept in your child’s book bag and are brought to school every day. We tend to alternate between reading with all children in class one week, and checking tricky words the next.
Fine motor control / literacy sheets are also sent home on a Friday night, and we ask that these are completed by Wednesday at the latest. These sheets help to develop children's phonic, writing and fine motor skills.
Please click the link below to access the PowerPoint that was shown at our "Meet the teacher" and "Phonics" events. These will help to explain what life is like for children in Reception Class, and explain how we teach phonics throughout Reception and KS1 classes.
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